|Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary - TED.com|
After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety -- the Water Canary.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; design; development; technology; water; 2011
|Fahad Al-Attiya: A country with no water - TED.com|
Imagine a country with abundant power -- oil and gas, sunshine, wind (and money) -- but missing one key essential for life: water. Infrastructure engineer Fahad Al-Attiya talks about the unexpected ways that the small Middle Eastern nation of Qatar creates its water supply.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; cities; food; technology; water; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously. - TED.com|
It's 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there's no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources -- causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable problem.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; health; water; TED2013; 2013
|Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater - TED.com|
The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; mining; science; technology; water; TED2012; 2012
|Joe Madiath: Better toilets, better life - TED.com|
In rural India, the lack of toilets creates a big, stinking problem. It leads to poor quality water, one of the leading causes of disease in India, and has a disproportionately negative effect on women. Joe Madiath introduces a program to help villagers help themselves, by building clean, protected water and sanitation systems and requiring everyone in the village to collaborate — with significant benefits that ripple across health, education and even government.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; development; sanitation; water; TEDGlobal 2014; 2014
|Rob Harmon: How the market can keep streams flowing - TED.com|
With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, Rob Harmon has implemented an ingenious market mechanism to bring back the water. Farmers and beer companies find their fates intertwined in the intriguing century-old tale of Prickly Pear Creek.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxRainier; TED; Talks; business; environment; global issues; innovation; nature; sustainability; water; 2010
|Romulus Whitaker: The real danger lurking in the water - TED.com|
The gharial and king cobra are two of India's most iconic reptiles, and they're endangered because of polluted waterways. Conservationist Romulus Whitaker shows rare footage of these magnificent animals and urges us to save the rivers that sustain their lives and our own.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; biodiversity; biosphere; environment; water; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water - TED.com|
If you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it's unlikely you'd use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenient solution: DryBath, the world’s first bath-substituting lotion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; activism; business; development; entrepreneur; innovation; invention; water; TED@Johannesburg; 2012
|Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture - TED.com|
Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; architecture; bacteria; biology; design; sustainability; water; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|David Kelley on human-centered design - TED.com|
IDEO’s David Kelley says that product design has become much less about the hardware and more about the user experience. He shows video of this new, broader approach, including footage from the Prada store in New York.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; arts; collaboration; creativity; culture; design; museums; philanthropy; shopping; water; 2002
|Michael Pritchard's water filter turns filthy water drinkable - TED.com|
Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; demo; design; global issues; invention; technology; water; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting - TED.com|
With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; environment; history; innovation; photography; sustainability; water; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Paul Ewald asks, Can we domesticate germs? - TED.com|
Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; biology; disease; evolution; global issues; health; health care; illness; medicine; microbiology; science; technology; virus; water; 2007